Indie-Rock Outfit Lost Cousins' Synth-Driven "Stay"
Toronto-based indie-rock outfit Lost Cousins make anything sound good, but on “Stay,” they’ve captured something extra special — a magnetic quality, a mesmeric quality. Something that makes you want to hit that replay button over and over and over and over again.
“Stay” officially dropped back in October but acts as the opener to Lost Cousins’ debut album, In Scenery, which released a few weeks ago. It sets the tone for the record because it’s big but not in an overbearing way. It’s got a rich sound to it while remaining humble.
“Stay” opens with jarring warbles of neon synth rolling in waves behind a strong vocal delivery. Deep in the distance, the growing swell of keys and other synth elements seem to bloom. Soon, new tones join the arrangement — layers of rapid-fire sparkles and thick smacks of percussion — while the vocals get rowdier as they croon a quick hook. For the remainder of the song, Lost Cousins move wildly throughout the indie-rock soundscape they’ve crafted, tinged by psychedelic influence and an overwhelming warmth. “Stay” practically glows from within, emitting this bright, blinding light simultaneously akin to glaring headlights on a dark stretch of empty road at night and the first rays of a sunrise peeking up over rolling hills. It’s remarkable how they’ve managed to evoke these undeniable motifs of luminescence — the song works on so many levels, each one a sweet comfort.
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